Three Astra Honda riders make Indonesia proud in Japan

Three riders under the guidance of PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) take the podium at the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) 2022. Photo: Honda Kepri for Batam Pos

batampos – The red and white flag flutters at the Sugo International Racing Course, Japan. Three riders fostered by PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) won the podium at the 2022 Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC), the third series of two races held (13-14/8).

One of them stepped on the highest podium, made the anthem Indonesia Raya reverberate and became a beautiful gift ahead of the 77th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence.

The driver is M Adenanta Putra. He was able to climb the first podium in the second race, Sunday (14/8) after undergoing a fairly dramatic race. Starting from the third position, the 18-year-old racer from Magetan, East Java continued to maintain his rhythm and remained in the leading position with five to six other riders.

During 12 rounds, Adenanta with Rheza Danica Ahrens of the Astra Honda Racing Team (AHRT) and several competing drivers swapped positions for the leading position.

Drama occurred on the last lap, when Rheza had to collide with another racer and fell. Adenant remained in pole position, while Herjun Atna Firdaus was finally able to take advantage of the situation and followed on the third podium.

This sweet result erased the failure of three AHRT drivers in the Asia Production (AP)250 class in the first race, Saturday (13/8), who were unlucky due to the weather.

“After the start, I tried to keep the rhythm and the condition of the tires to maintain grip so that I could apply pressure in the last laps. Very happy to finally win, for the Astra Honda Racing Team and also the Indonesian people at the 77th Indonesian Independence Day. Hopefully this will be a good foothold for me in the next races to continue to achieve the best results,” said Adennta

SS600 and ASB1000

In the Supersports (SS) 600 class race, Andi Farid Izdihar (Andi Gilang) also successfully raised the Red and White flag while standing on the second podium of the first race, Saturday. In the second race, Sunday, the racer from Bulukumba, South Sulawesi has the opportunity to become the champion. Unfortunately, he fell on the last lap while competing with the host racer.

“My motivation is very strong to achieve the best results, especially when it coincides with my birthday and the determination to give gifts at the 77th Indonesian Independence Day. “The race is still two laps away, and there are still opportunities that I can take advantage of,” said Gilang.

Irfan Ardiansyah, who became Andi Gilang’s tandem in the prestigious class, also appeared quite proud. The racer from Ungaran, Central Java was able to finish in 6th position in the first race and managed to get more points when he finished the second race in 10th position.

In the Asia Superbike (ASB)1000 class, one of the AHM coaches who is now a member of Honda AsiaDream Racing with the Showa team, Gerry Salim, performed quite well. Arek Suroboyo managed to finish in 8th place in the first race, and finished 11th in the second race.

This result maintains his hopes of ending the season in the top flight alongside other talented Asian riders. AHM General Manager Marketing Planning & Analysis, Andy Wijaya appreciated the encouraging results achieved by AHM’s coached racers to coincide with the celebration of the 77th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence, which is a manifestation of the company’s goal to nurture talented Indonesian racers.

It means realizing the highest dream of a racer and making Indonesia proud in the world.

“A beautiful gift when celebrating the independence of the Republic of Indonesia is an important achievement. We hope that the tiered development that we are doing continues to produce achievements to the highest peak of the riders in the MotoGP arena later, and make the nation’s name even more proud,” said Andy.
ARRC still has two more series which will take place in Malaysia 6-9 October and Thailand 18-20 November. Each series will hold four races. Opportunities to become Asian champions are very large for AHRT riders, both in the AP250 class and SS600 class.(*)